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    that he threw away

    Are these sentences correct:
    1) When I think of the book I gave him for his birthday that he threw away I want to kill him.
    2) When I think of the book I gave him for his birthday which he threw away I want to kill him.
    3) When I think of the book I gave him for his birthday, which he threw away, I want to kill him.

    Do '1' and '2' mean I gave him more than one book for his birthday and he threw only one of them away?
    Is the 'that he threw away' clause restrictive?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: that he threw away

    None of them is natural. Try: "When I think that he threw away the book I gave him, I want to kill him!"

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    Re: that he threw away

    At least with that, the birthday is no longer being thrown away.

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    Re: that he threw away

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Do '1' and '2' mean I gave him more than one book for his birthday and he threw only one of them away?
    Is the 'that he threw away' clause restrictive?
    1 Yes, though you could have given him one book every birthday and this only happened one year.
    2 Yes, it is.

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